Golden Valley Public Art

City Rotational Art Exhibits

Commissioned Artwork

The City commissioned local artist Susan Armington to create an artistic representation of Golden Valley as a community. It is displayed in the main lobby of Brookview.

To enhance and enrich Golden Valley's public environment for its residents, businesses, and visitors, the City developed a program to encourage collaborative projects and provide a mechanism for including public art throughout the community.

Public art, whether owned by the City or not, could include sculpture, murals, fountains, statues, or other form of two- or three-dimensional work in any physical medium appropriate for the location.

All public art must meet criteria outlined in the City's Public Art Policy. This includes review against adopted and standardized criteria, approval, and formal acceptance by the City for installation in or on public locations (eg, publicly owned buildings, publicly owned land, or other locations leased or provided to the City through donation, easement, or other means).

Public Art Process

Selection of public art selection is managed in cooperation with Golden Valley Arts (GVA), a nonprofit organization that provides funding and leadership to stimulate and advance the arts throughout Golden Valley.

GVA will solicit and develop proposals for public art, secure and develop funding, and evaluated submitted art for approved by the City Council.

Each public art proposal will be announced to the public at a regular City Council meeting and then made available for public review and comment for a minimum of 30 days.

The City of Golden Valley Public Art Policy provides details about the criteria for submittal,
review, and selection of public art.

Current Installations

Proposed Installations


Central Park West Sculpture

A new public art installation is proposed for the parking ramp in Central Park West, located at the West End off of I-394 and Xenia Ave.

Drawing inspiration from the area’s history as Lilac Way, initial concepts moved from screening and murals on the ramp walls to the three dimensional features of a destination sculpture. Goals included a design that reflects all of the population and engages with park visitors.

The result is a sculpture that spells “WE” to represent togetherness as a community, the border between Golden Valley and St Louis Park, and West End. Flanking the sculpture are three-dimensional 18-inch-wide benches that spell Golden Valley and St Louis Park in 24-inch-deep letters and allow for physical engagement. These fabricated steel or aluminum structures will have powder coat finishes in a stylized lilac pattern.

Installation is planned for fall 2020, with a community engagement day planned for spring 2021.


The Central Park West development includes an 11-story office building, (in St Louis Park), a 164-room apartment building (in St Louis Park and Golden Valley), and a seven-story parking ramp (in Golden Valley), all surrounding a centrally located park area. DLC Residential completed construction on the apartments in 2017. The Excelsior Group and Ryan Companies are constructing the office building and parking ramp, which should be open in 2021.

As part of the development agreement, The Excelsior Group was required to install art on the parking ramp and provide ongoing maintenance after using a public input process to select the art. Community members from St Louis Park and Golden Valley formed an art committee that met three times from late 2019 through early 2020 to provide input on design direction, review concept options, and discuss an enhanced final concept.